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Tree Planters: A podcast about change for a better world

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We live in a world running out of space, resources, and time. There are solutions. We can build a better world - a world that is fair, healthy, and prosperous. But this requires transformative change. Why Tree Planters Podcast you ask? Well, there's a great proverb that goes as follows:“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”We feel there's a scarcity of tree planters in positions of power these days. Each month we look at problems and solutions relating to how we live in modern society, including those of sprawl and associated consumption patterns and behaviour, climate change, habitat degradation and species loss, community development and empowerment, knowledge of and connection to place, leadership and accountable governance, among others.We welcome you to join us on our journey. Please don't hesitate to connect with us if you have suggestions or questions.

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Canada

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We live in a world running out of space, resources, and time. There are solutions. We can build a better world - a world that is fair, healthy, and prosperous. But this requires transformative change. Why Tree Planters Podcast you ask? Well, there's a great proverb that goes as follows:“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”We feel there's a scarcity of tree planters in positions of power these days. Each month we look at problems and solutions relating to how we live in modern society, including those of sprawl and associated consumption patterns and behaviour, climate change, habitat degradation and species loss, community development and empowerment, knowledge of and connection to place, leadership and accountable governance, among others.We welcome you to join us on our journey. Please don't hesitate to connect with us if you have suggestions or questions.

Language:

English


Episodes

State of the Lake, with Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition's Claire Malcolmson

10/30/2023
This month we have Claire Malcolmson, of the Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition, joining us. We talk about health of Lake Simcoe, the strange silence from this government on reviewing the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan (now several years overdue), among other things. Oh, and it's RLSC's 20th birthday! Tickets for their November 23rd celebration are available here. Show links: Lake Simcoe Protection Plan Bloom and doom in river (Duckweed) CELA: Two Decades After Walkerton are New Provincial Laws Risking Another Drinking Water Crisis? An Interdisciplinary Water Risk Assessment Framework for Sustainable Water Management in Ontario, Canada Support the show

Duration:01:03:35

The Corruption Episode! (On the Greenbelt Land Take-Outs, and more...)

10/16/2023
Our October episode focuses on the scandal that was the Greenbelt land take-outs, the public backlash, and the fall out. There is the immediate problems around how land was given to developers, and there are more pervasive problems around democratic accountability, around how our governments make decisions, and about the attitudes of those entrusted with making decisions on all of our behalf. All of this and more is discussed by Margaret and Adam. Episode links: Doug Ford reverses Greenbelt decision Who is Ryan Amato, the political staffer at the centre of Ontario’s Greenbelt scandal? How to Rate and Review a Podcast – Major Platforms Covered Support the show

Duration:00:57:52

September 2023: Greenbelt Public Forum

9/13/2023
This is a recording of the public forum we held, addressing the assault by this government on the Greenbelt. Featuring: Jeff Monague, former Chief of the Beausoleil First Nation on Christian Island, former Director of Treaty Research with the Anishnabek (Union of Ontario Indians) and a Canadian Forces Veteran; David Crombie, former mayor of Toronto and former chair of Greenbelt Council; Tim Gray, ED of Environmental Defence Canada; Margaret Prophet, SCGC; and Franz Hartman, Alliance for a Liveable Ontario. Support the show

Duration:00:47:00

December 2022 - Bill 23, attack on the Greenbelt, and more.

12/9/2022
Margaret and Adam talk about Ontario's controversial Bill 23, which drastically changes how communities are planned, about the Ford government's attack on the Greenbelt, which is a reversal from their often repeated promise to not touch it, as well as many more topics. Adam swears once, hence the explicit tag. (We're talking about the Ford government here, so it's difficult to not be explicit.) Show links: Give a Christmas gift and support the show and SCGC with a donation. SCGC's Store (Hands off the Greenbelt stickers and tees.) Resources to join opposition to the Greenbelt land-grabs. The Narwhal: Everything you need to know about Doug Ford’s plan to cut into Ontario’s Greenbelt The Narwhal: Six developers bought Greenbelt land after Ford came to power. Now, they stand to profit The Start: They recently bought Greenbelt land that was undevelopable. Now the Ford government is poised to remove protections — and these developers stand to profit Auditor General: Value-for-Money Audit: Highway Planning and Management Support the show

Duration:01:07:13

October 24th Election Episode

10/19/2022
Municipal elections are just around the corner in Ontario, and the choice you make can have a big impact on the environment, the quality of our communities, and, believe it or not, on climate change. This episode Margaret and Adam talk about why municipal action on the environment can have such a big impact, and how you can make an informed choice on which candidate to support. Support the show

Duration:01:08:14

Stop Sprawl Orillia, with guest Madeleine Fournier.

3/25/2022
Orillia, a small city on the north shore of Lake Simcoe in central Ontario, is considering annexing nearby land in anticipation of population growth. Stop Sprawl Orillia, a citizen group, has organized to advocate for retaining current boundaries and placing an emphasis on intensification, rather than enabling sprawl outward by allowing continued building of single detached homes around the current built-up area. We speak with Madeleine Fournier, of Stop Sprawl Orillia, about what this fight means for the future of Orillia. Links: Lead Exposure in Last Century Shrank IQ Scores of Half of Americans Stop Sprawl Orillia Instagram Stop Sprawl Orillia Facebook Group Stop Sprawl Orillia Petition Send an Email to Orillia Council (online tool) Donate to Stop Sprawl Orillia Green Orillia Newsletter SCGC's Sprawl deep dive into vertical and horizontal sprawl. Support the show

Duration:01:01:14

Tall Sprawl – what is it and why is it a problem for housing affordability and climate action?

2/23/2022
This month we talk tall sprawl, also known as vertical sprawl. Most of us think of the typical suburban development when we think of sprawl, and the answer to this, we are told, is to increase density within the urban boundary. (If you're familiar with our work at all you'll have heard us talk about the need for this.) Building high rises accomplishes this but putting far more people on a much smaller portion of land, but there are costs associated with this form of development that aren't readily apparent, and that come at the expense of the environment, the community, and the economy. (Not to put those into separate boxes as they are closely interrelated.) Support us on Patreon. Links: Vertical Sprawl A City that Runs on Itself Challenging the Vertical Sprawl Urban sprawl isn’t to blame: unsustainable cities are the product of growth fetish Barrie Intensification Area Urban Design Guidelines Barrie Community Energy and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction Plan Creating power from organic waste can be a lot to digest Proposed Developments in Barrie (3D rendering) Support the show

Duration:01:13:43

The Year That Was, and the Year To Be (Maybe?)

1/20/2022
This episode we are looking back at the year that was, and looking ahead at the year that might be. Oh, and we do a film review of Don't Look Up! Topics covered include the amazing summer students we were so lucky to have, and the very positive impact that they had on youth engagement in Simcoe County; how private profit is often made in our economy at the expense of the public, which also means at the expense of the public's most valuable resource, namely the environment and natural world; and the need for ENGOs to start preparing for the known knowns of climate change. Links: Parliamentary petition for a federal impact assessment of the Bradford BypassSupport us on Patreon! Just $1.50 an episode helps!The OrbitLake Simcoe Under Pressure ReportHey, and did you know that you can also support us by purchasing merchandise in our Red Bubble Store? Check it out! Support the show

Duration:01:02:55

Fighting Doug Ford's Highways - a local story.

12/14/2021
This episode we speak with two citizens, Tricia Leuchter and Irene Ford, who are fighting the Bradford Bypass and Highway 413, respectively, which are proposed for their communities. Doug Ford and other proponents of the highways have claimed that opponents are "downtown elites" and "radical activists." But, these characterizations are far from the truth, which is more in line with citizens who are concerned that politicians are shutting down due process and ignoring evidence in order to ram through costly and unnecessary mega projects. Support the show

Duration:00:53:16

Greenwashing - the marketing practice increasingly used by political leaders.

10/19/2021
This episode we talk about greenwashing, the practice of presenting a product in a way that makes it seem to consumers as if it is environmentally friendly, when in fact it is not. Greenwashing is most often thought of in terms of marketing a product. In a time when political discourse is increasingly branded and marketed, however, and when the action required to address environmental problems is increasingly at odds with what politicians seem willing or able to do, greenwashing is becoming a concern in the political sphere, too. From the never-ending string of promises to address climate change (almost all broken) to climate emergency declarations made and then nothing done, politicians, it seems, are telling people what they want to hear in order to get support, but delivering a very different product. So, why aren't they following through and why do we keep voting for them? We discuss that are more. As always, you can support us, and the show, at simcoecountygreenbelt.ca. Click through to the episode page for links and resources, including a photo essay of our field trip with Master Naturalist Bob Bowles. Support the show

Duration:00:59:12

August 9, 2021 - Youth Take-Over: Empowering youth for a climate friendly future.

8/9/2021
On this episode of the Tree Planters podcast SCGC's youth engagement lead, Kelly, and youth advocacy intern, Blythe, talk about the barriers making it difficult for youth to engage in discussions around climate action, and how these can be addressed so that youth can help build a climate friendly future. Support the show

Duration:00:48:02

April 23, 2021 - Understanding Sprawl and Infrastructure in the Context of Ontario's Greenbelt, with Victor Doyle

4/23/2021
Our guest this episode, Victor Doyle, is considered one of the key architects of Ontario's Greenbelt. We talk about how the current provincial government is attempting to open up more land in the GTA for sprawl development, how highways don't solve congestion problems, but rather make them worse, and how the costs of infrastructure projects like highways tend to be shouldered by the public, with the benefits going to private interests, such as developers. Much of the focus of this discussion is on two recently proposed highway projects - the 413 along the norther border of Toronto, and the Bradford Bypass, which connects two highways near Lake Simcoe. Both of these highways would cut through the Greenbelt and sensitive ecological areas. To learn more about these issues see our issues page, here. Support the show

Duration:00:44:30

October 9, 2020 - Ontario wants to build more highways, and we talk about it with Laura Bowman of Ecojustice

10/21/2020
With new highways proposed in the GTA, there are concerns about a boondoggle waste of taxpayer's money that goes toward increased sprawl, increased congestion, and increased threats to the environment. We talk with Laura Bowman, lawyer for Ecojustice, about threats that new highways pose to sensitive natural areas, to communities, and to the Greenbelt. Show links: Map of where the Bradford Bypass is proposed Map of where the 413 is proposed Archived report on feasibility of proposed highway corridor (outlining that it isn't necessarily the best option) Notice exempting the Bradford Bypass from an environmental assessment Support the show

Duration:00:37:32

July 7, 2020 - Affordable housing and modern homelessness, with guest, Jennifer Van Gennip

7/17/2020
This week (really last week, but there's been a lot happening and we've had our hands full!) we talk with Jennifer Van Gennip about affordable housing and the advent of modern homelessness. Jennifer works with a number of groups that address these issues, including the Simcoe County Alliance to End Homelessness (SCATEH), the Simcoe County Poverty Reduction Task Group (PRTG), Redwood Park Communities, the Down Syndrome Association of Ontario... and this Isi just to name a few, believe it or not! Show links: Shooting The Hippo: Death By Deficit And Other Canadian Myths by Linda McQuaig A Better World Ahead Means Shaping Emerging Narratives Now, by Kristen Grimm Push, the Film Revisionist History Support the show

Duration:00:56:35

June 19, 2020 - A just recovery, and we talk with Shak Edwards about her work mentoring youth, the value of humility and kindness, and the Black Lives Matter movement

6/23/2020
This week we talk with Shak Edwards about her work mentoring youth, particularly Black youth, and the values of humility and kindness that she works from. We also talk about the Black Lives Matter movement, about the efforts Shak, as well as others, have undertaken locally to support Black youth, and whether the Raptors will repeat as NBA champions this year. Show links: Just Recovery Simcoe Shaks World Uplift Black Youth Making Change Revolution Ramblings Support the show

Duration:00:52:35

June 5, 2020 - Black Lives Matter

6/6/2020
Links to resources: Making ChangeSandy and Nora (podcast)Struggle in the SuburbsGoogle Doc - Anti-racism resources10 Documentaries To Watch About Race Instead Of Asking A Person Of Colour To Explain Things For YouWe must defund the police. It is the only option.What a World Without Cops Would Look LikeHow Cities Offload the Cost of Police BrutalityThe Double Standard of the American Riot‘No reader is too young to start’: anti-racist books for all children and teensDo the work: an anti-racist reading listGetting Real About the Job of Police: A Letter to Barack ObamaRacism is built into U.S. cities. Here’s how architects can fight backAmerica’s Cities Were Designed to OppressTo Defund the Police, Activists Rewrote City BudgetsSupport the show

Duration:00:16:35

May 29, 2020 - Pedestrian zones, MZOs, and a chat with Franz Hartmann, Chief Engagement Officer of the Small Change Fund and Green Future Fund

5/30/2020
More news on local street closures to help with the recovery from COVID-19, an update on Simcoe County's request for a Ministerial Zoning Order which would allow for more sprawl, and a chat with Franz Hartmann, former Executive Director of the Toronto Environmental Alliance, who is currently engaged with the Small Change Fund and the Green Future Fund. Check the episode page and show notes for links to resources. Support the show

Duration:00:55:19

May 22, 2020 - Just Recovery, and talking Asset Based Community Development with Heather Keam from the Tamarack Institute

5/22/2020
The main portion of this show this week is an interview with Heather Keam, of the Tamarack Institute. Heather is manager of Cities, Cities Deepening Community, Vibrant Communities at Tamarack and she spoke with us about what Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) is and how can help strengthen communities and build resilience. In the chat before the interview Margaret and Adam discuss concerns regarding the Ontario government's seemingly singular focus on business interests in their planning for a recovery from COVID-19, why that could pose problems for future resilience to crises, and why we need a Just Recovery based on an inclusive dialogue with all, rather than a recovery that focuses simply on business. Check out the show notes on our website for links to resources. Support the show

Duration:01:08:08

May 15, 2020 - COVID-19 Street Closures, Friends of Simcoe Forests, Rule by Fiat

5/15/2020
This week we are joined by Mary Wagner of Friends of Simcoe Forests about their work to protect the Freele Tract on Horseshoe Valley Road and the County seeking a Ministerial Zoning Order to override due process. We also talk about the first openings of streets in our area to allow for safer physical distancing, London's announcement that it will greatly expand areas dedicated to pedestrian use, the risk-averse stance of many governments and how this can be a problem when it comes to the changes we need to counter climate change and many other environmental and social issues, and poked around a little on the topic of a just recovery. (We'll have much more to announce about a just recovery in the coming weeks.) Stay safe, and think about your risk/reward ratio if you are thinking about changing your behaviour as lock-down starts to lift! (Want to hang with some friends? Are the risks presented by COVID-19 less than the reward of their close physically proximity?) Support the show

Duration:00:46:36

Currents May 8, 2020 Tree Planters Podcast

5/8/2020
In which we start another podcast format. Our Currents episodes will be focused on issues that are happening now, largely in our local community, and that our member organizations are involved with. It's less polished than our deep-dive episodes and more conversational. This week we talk about the impacts of COVID-19 on our communities, specifically regarding some of the lessons that we can learn from COVID-19 to help build resilience for the future. A lot of what we spend our time thinking about in this regard has to do with the impacts of climate change, and a couple of the areas we talk about have to do with food security and providing people with more options in how they access basic amenities (rather than relying only on a car). Support the show

Duration:00:40:31